Twenty-five years ago, a Khayelitsha community member saw that his neighbours did not know how to care for their pets. He took a shopping trolly and went door-to-door, feeding dogs and cats and educating people on their pets’ needs. Mr Joe Manchu soon attracted volunteers, including many community children. A bath was donated which was used for dipping pets with fleas and ticks. Thereafter, a shipping container was donated which became the first ever animal clinic in Khayelitsha. Today, 25 years later, Mdzananda Animal Clinic is celebrating a quarter-century of helping, healing and rescuing pets in Khayelitsha. The clinic now treats over 1,000 animals per month through their hospital facility, homeless shelter, mobile clinics and outreach programmes. Throughout this time, they have also put the pets’ human companions at the forefront, educating, earning trust and working with them to become the best pet guardians they can be. Today Mdzananda Animal Clinic is treating up to 1000 Khayelitsha pets per month through hospitilisation, operations, sterilisation, consultations, mobile clinics, an animal ambulance, homeless pet adoptions and humane education. In the community for the community.